Two of his brothers died in childhood because they had contracted fatal illnesses from him Inthe seven-year-old Rawls contracted diphtheria.
The writings of the late 17th-century empiricist John Locke on philosophy, government, and education were especially influential during the Enlightenment. Raised in Pensford, near BristolLocke was 10 years old at the start of the English Civil Wars between the monarchy of Charles I and parliamentary forces under the eventual leadership of Oliver Cromwell.
From an early age, one may thus assume, Locke rejected any claim by the king to have a divine right to rule. It was to this already famous institution that Locke went inat age Although the school had been taken over by the new republican government, its headmaster, Richard Busby himself a distinguished scholarwas a royalist.
In Januaryjust half a mile away from Westminster School, Charles was beheaded on the order of Cromwell. The boys were not allowed to attend the execution, though they were undoubtedly well aware of the events taking place nearby.
Although Locke was evidently a good student, he did not enjoy his schooling; in later life he attacked boarding schools for their overemphasis on corporal punishment and for the uncivil behaviour of pupils. In his enormously influential work Some Thoughts Concerning Educationhe would argue for the superiority of private tutoring for the education of young gentlemen see below Other works.
Oxford In the autumn of Locke, at the comparatively late age of 20, entered Christ Churchthe largest of the colleges of the University of Oxford and the seat of the court of Charles I during the Civil Wars. Owen and Cromwell were, however, concerned to restore the university to normality as soon as possible, and this they largely succeeded in doing.
Locke later reported that he found the undergraduate curriculum at Oxford dull and unstimulating. Although their works were not on the official syllabusLocke was soon reading them. At Oxford Locke made contact with some advocates of the new science, including Bishop John Wilkins, the astronomer and architect Christopher Wrenthe physicians Thomas Willis and Richard Lower, the physicist Robert Hookeand, most important of all, the eminent natural philosopher and theologian Robert Boyle.
Locke attended classes in iatrochemistry the early application of chemistry to medicineand before long he was collaborating with Boyle on important medical research on human blood. Medicine from now on was to play a central role in his life.
The restoration of the English monarchy in was a mixed blessing for Locke. It led many of his scientific collaborators to return to London, where they soon founded the Royal Society, which provided the stimulus for much scientific research.
But in Oxford the new freedom from Puritan control encouraged unruly behaviour and religious enthusiasms among the undergraduates. These excesses led Locke to be wary of rapid social changean attitude that no doubt partly reflected his own childhood during the Civil Wars.
In his first substantial political work, Two Tracts on Government composed in but not published untilLocke defended a very conservative position: This view, a response to the perceived threat of anarchy posed by sectarian differences, was diametrically opposed to the doctrine that he would later expound in Two Treatises of Government In Locke was appointed senior censor in Christ Churcha post that required him to supervise the studies and discipline of undergraduates and to give a series of lectures.
The resulting Essays on the Law of Nature first published in constitutes an early statement of his philosophical views, many of which he retained more or less unchanged for the rest of his life. Of these probably the two most important were, first, his commitment to a law of naturea natural moral law that underpins the rightness or wrongness of all human conduct, and, second, his subscription to the empiricist principle that all knowledgeincluding moral knowledge, is derived from experience and therefore not innate.
These claims were to be central to his mature philosophy, both with regard to political theory and epistemology. As a member and eventually the leader of a group of opposition politicians known as the WhigsAshley was one of the most powerful figures in England in the first two decades after the Restoration.
Ashley was so impressed with Locke at their first meeting that in the following year he asked him to join his London household in Exeter House in the Strand as his aide and personal physician, though Locke did not then have a degree in medicine.
Politically, Ashley stood for constitutional monarchya Protestant successioncivil libertytoleration in religion, the rule of Parliament, and the economic expansion of England. Locke either shared or soon came to share all these objectives with him, and it was not long before a deep—and for each an important—mutual understanding existed between them.
Locke drafted papers on tolerationpossibly for Ashley to use in parliamentary speeches.Searle, John (). American philosopher. Expanding on the work of J.L. Austin, Searle's Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language () treats all communication as instances of the performance of speech acts.
In Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind () and The Rediscovery of the Mind () Searle emphasizes the . John Locke ( - ) was an English philosopher of the Age of Reason and early Age of Enlightenment.
His ideas had enormous influence on the development of Epistemology and Political Philosophy, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential early Enlightenment thinkers.
Thomas Hobbes: Moral and Political Philosophy. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes () is best known for his political thought, and deservedly so.
Philosopher, son of a landsteward, was born at Wrington, near Bristol, and educated at Westminster School and Oxford.
In Locke became lecturer on Greek, in on Rhetoric, and in he went as secretary to an Embassy to Brandenburg. Apr 30, · A brief description of English philosopher John Locke's theories on "tabula rasa," natural rights, and the separation of powers. Quizlet on vocabulary from this video.
For a more general introduction to Locke’s history and background, the argument of the Two Treatises, and the Letter Concerning Toleration, see Section 1, Section 4, and Section 5, respectively, of the main entry on John Locke in this encyclopedia.
The present entry focuses on seven central concepts in Locke’s political philosophy.